Trails and Terrain
One of the best loved areas in Vail, Blue Sky Basin is known for its beautiful views and endless glade skiing. We were lucky enough to get back there in August 2013 and experience this beautiful spot in all its summer glory. See any spots you recognize from winter?
Vail’s Ski Patrol exchanges ski boots for hiking boots as they maintain and monitor the mountain in the spring, summer and fall. Here are their tips for staying safe during your summer adventures on Vail Mountain!
New to skiing or snowboarding and visiting Vail for the first time? The mountain’s size can initially be intimidating, and while the ski runs are a bit (or much) longer than what one would encounter at other ski areas, there are plenty of runs where beginners can cruise along comfortably, enjoying views and groomed terrain while exploring different areas.
Here is an example mountain tour for the beginner level skier or snowboarder. Follow each step below over one full day or several days. The outline below will give you an enjoyable cruise as well as picturesque views of the entire frontside of the mountain.
Read on to find out where to go!
Jump inside the cat and learn about the operation that grooms over 1000 acres nightly. This video combines info about Vail’s grooming machines (called snow cats), the operators, and new technology with beautiful time lapse photography.Read More»
With nearly 5,300 acres of world-class skiing and snowboarding terrain, it can be easy to feel overwhelmed with a day or eight at Vail. But for intermediate skiers – those who enjoy mostly green, blue and some black runs – the size of the mountain offers a giant learning environment with dozens of runs to develop skills and gain confidence while working up to the steeps, deeps and bumps of Vail’s vast terrain.Read More»
Mountain Top Express Lift (#4) got a major upgrade this summer, converting it from a 4-passenger to a 6-passenger high speed chair. With these great early season conditions, we were able to open it for the 2013-14 ski season this morning, bringing us to over 650 skiable acres here at Vail with more terrain opening every day.Read More»
Vail opened for the season Friday, Nov. 22! With a mix of great early season snowfall, colder temperatures and the hard work of our mountain operations crews, we were able to open both the Lionshead and Vail Village base areas for opening day 2013. Pics and video of the day below!
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